Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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1 Mason and Cooper

Photo:  University's Craig Cooper gets the ball away from Olympia's Lee Mason [PlessPix]

(Over-35s, KGV Park, Thursday, 21 September 2017)

University A 0

Olympia Warriors 2 (M Sly 35’, 65’)

HT: 0-1   Ref: M Piesse

University A: Bain; Cooper, Hadley, McLeod, Nichols, Procter, Proud, Rapley, Soriano, Speglic, Swan (Subs: Anderson, Kingston, Oh, Pitt, Shepherd)

Olympia Warriors: Allan; Bellini, Chamali, Hages, Kaproulias, Klonis, Kydas, Mason, Sly, Tellyros, Tsakiris, Vavoulas (Subs: Tarros, Skalkos, Exarhakos, Divin)

2 Bain blocks Mason

Photo:  University goalkeeper Thomas Bain blocks a shot by Olympia's Lee Mason [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors won the Over-35s league title with this 2-0 win over University A at Grove Road last night.

Two goals by Mathew Sly - one in each half - decided the game. His goals showed that Sly’s left-foot was as lethal as ever.

This was not a tame, half-hearted affair, either. Tempers flared at times as players were felled by late or clumsy tackles and referee Monty Piesse has his work cut out for him.

University’s Mark Rapley went off in the second half with what looked like a bad wrist or arm injury. He was helped off by University stalwart Alexis Bull, who was himself recovering from a bad hamstring injury suffered some weeks ago and which required surgery to re-attach muscle to bone.

17 Bull and Rapley

Photo:  Alexis Bull assists the injured Mark Rapley from the pitch [PlessPix]

Watching from the sidelines was University’s Jez Kenth. He was on crutches after breaking a leg in a recent game (the same game in which Bull sustained his injury, I think).

Sly’s opener just before the interval came when he puffed down the left and slotted home inside the far right-hand post.

His second, just past the hour-mark, was a long-range left-footed chip that lodged inside the top left-hand corner of the net and which gave University keeper Thomas Bain no chance.

3 Sly scores opener

Photo:  Matthew Sly opens the scoring for Olympia [PlessPix]

Substitute Tony Tarros was playing his final game for Olympia. He reminded me that I coached him at University 40 years ago, and he recalled playing for University against Olympia that year.

One thing that puzzled me was that Olympia had 12 players listed as starters and 4 substitutes. Surely they didn’t play with 12 men?

University had Rod Miller listed as their second assistant coach. I half expected him to make an appearance as a substitute, but I reckon he thought the rest of the team were too old. Oops! I’d better not go down that path.

13 Sly nets number 2

Photo:  University keeper Thomas Bain picks the ball out of the net as Mathew Sly celebrates his second goal [PlessPix]

18 Sly and teammates

Photo:  Mathew Sly is congratulated by his team-mates [PlessPix]

4 Uni clear a corner

Photo:  University clear a corner [PlessPix]

5 43 tackles Shepherd

Photo:  University's Colin Shepherd is tackled by Olympia's John Kydas [PlessPix]

6 Ballet for veterans

Photo: University's Nicholas McLeod engages in some aerial ballet with an Olympia opponent [PlessPix] 

7 Getting away

Photo:  University's Nicholas McLeod gets away from an opponent [PlessPix]

8 Hadley and Kaproulias

Photo:  University's Scott Hadley puts pressure on Olympia's Paul Kaproulias [PlessPix]

12 Skalkos and Hadley

Photo:  Olympia's Peter Skalkos playing chicken with University's Scott Hadley and a slight miscalculation saw it end in a collision [PlessPix]

10 Mason directing play

Photo:  Olympia's Lee Mason directing play in midfield [PlessPix]

11 Olympia shot

Photo:  University defenders fail to block an Olympia shot [PlessPix]

14 Uni two header

Photo:  University's Craig Cooper and Julian Proud go for the same ball at a corner [PlessPix]

15 Vavlouas and Proud

Photo:  Olympia's Nektar Vavoulas and University's Julian Proud compete for a header [PlessPix]

16 Ball on edge of box

Photo: Olympia's Yianni Tellyros holds off a University opponent as he goes for a through-ball [PlessPix]

19 Coach and Tarros

Photo:  Olympia coach Alex Exarhakos (left) watches the game with substitute Tony Tarros, who was playing the final game of his career [PlessPix]

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0 #13 Rod Miller 2017-09-27 02:03
Walter Walter Walter or should it be Farcical Farcical Farcical?
Rappers dislocated his shoulder and a bit of bone chipped off Surgery today methinks.
My last A.grade game was at 51 .5 years young v Olympia at KGV which you no doubt recall
But thanks for your coverage of the game at all levels I have (nearly) forgiven you
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+8 #12 John citizen 2017-09-25 09:49
How were shep and hadlee
Were they whinging and complaining at every ref decision.lol
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+6 #11 Anonymous 2017-09-24 00:47
Just like to wish all the players the best who are attending the Nationals . They left Saturday pretty low Key, nothing on the FFT website.
Surely FFT should be promoting this, poor form.
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+3 #10 jolly roger 2017-09-23 11:00
No love lost between these two sides.

Oly's old boys love an artificial pitch while Uni prefer and normally prevail on the real stuff.
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+1 #9 Kappa 2017-09-23 00:35
Quoting Old Bastard:
> even though the game was played fiercely and every ball was hotly contested

Geezus Kappa you've never been that quick

Very true old bastard, but luckily everyone else has slowed down for me and allowed me to finally catch up to their pace.
Which is still slow I might add.
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+4 #8 scott green 2017-09-22 09:44
Alessandro Bellini jnr should move back to olypmia, so all three of them are there
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+2 #7 Old Bastard 2017-09-22 09:13
> even though the game was played fiercely and every ball was hotly contested

Geezus Kappa you've never been that quick
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0 #6 Walt 2017-09-22 06:13
#3 Anonymous, afraid not, mate. Was invited but can't make it.
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+4 #5 Anon 2017-09-22 04:33
Geeeezzzz. Skalkos not good enough to start any longer.About time he pulled the pin.He is old enough and not good enough (hahahah).
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+9 #4 Angry 2017-09-22 03:25
Good to see you there last night Walter. Fantastic support and coverage for the game, whatever the level.
Congratulations to Olympia! Always a tough team to beat.
Uni planning to turn the tables next year!
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